Yoshiaki Kodachi is director of the Examination Policy Planning Office of the Japan Patent Office (JPO). He received a Master’s degree in Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1999 and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Tsukuba in 2005. Since joining the JPO in 1999, he has served as a patent examiner and a patent administrative judge in the field of electronic commerce technology.
From 2010 to 2012, he was responsible for international cooperation in the area of information technology including IP5 IT related projects such as the Global Dossier and the Priority Document Exchange program as Deputy Director of the Information Technology Policy Planning Office. In 2013, he was appointed as Deputy Director of the Examination Policy Planning Office and engaged in international cooperation in the area of patent examination including the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) and the Examiners Exchange Program until 2014. Since June 2017, he has served as Director of the Examiniation Policy Planning Office and been leading international cooperation including the Patent Classification in addition to the PPH and the Examiners Exchange Program.